Philosophy

Started in 2010 on an abandoned oil field and illegal dump we built Farm Lot 59. It took a year to clean up the debris, remove the contaminated dirt and start to build our soil. Now 6 years later we have a thriving working farm in the city of Long Beach.  

We believe everyone should have access to fresh, healthy organic produce, herbs and fruit. We know our .5 acre farm cannot feed the 500,000 residents of this diverse city so we focus on teaching the next level of citizen farmers. 

Farm Lot 59 creates an urban/ rural connection within the local community and serves as an educational resource for sustainability. Everyone can come and visit us and learn about urban farming and earth’s ecosystems. We have bees for pollination and honey, we grow vegetables, fruit and flowers without any pesticides, herbicides or chemicals. We practice organic and biodynamic principles.

We are an urban farm that creates local green jobs and grows healthy fresh food on a historically significant site. We make a difference in our local and global community by combining resources with the city, local partners, and friends. We are the vision of eating well and living healthy lives.

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Board of Directors

Sasha Kanno

Sasha Kanno

President, Farmer & Founder

Sasha is the founder of Long Beach Local, an agriculture based non-profit. She is the farmer and vision behind Farm Lot 59. Her mission is to grow the best varieties, rare and heirloom best suited for this climate of coastal desert and to train other citizen farmers. She has been awarded numerous grants and awards for her work in the community as a leader, innovator and driving force in the local food movement. She also teaches Farming at Maple Village Waldorf School, Early Educations at Child Development Center and at the farm. She lives in Wrigley with her husband, son, some fish and a few chickens.

Steve South

Steve South

Board Member

EDCO is one of the largest family held solid waste companies in the State of California. In his duties, Mr. South is responsible for oversight of all operations in Los Angeles County, Orange County and San Diego County, including refuse and recycling collection, processing / marketing / transportation of recyclables, customer service, inter-governmental affairs, market development, transfer and transport operations. In addition, he has directly overseen the development, permitting, financing, design and construction of ten new Solid Waste / Material Recovery Facilities. Mr. South has been officially recognized by the United States House of Representatives, the State of California Senate and Assembly, the County of San Diego and the Port of San Diego among others, for outstanding business leadership and community support.

Justin Hectus

Justin Hectus

Board Member

Justin Hectus is Director of Information for the law firm of Keesal, Young & Logan and an active volunteer in the local community. His work in technology and the arts has been featured in well over 100 regional and national publications and he regularly contributes articles and presentations on current topics in these areas. Justin has over 15 years of non-profit board experience and he is the volunteer co-founder of the award-winning Summer and Music (SAM) series. Justin was sadly cursed with two brown thumbs, but he was drawn to Long Beach Local and Farm Lot 59 because of his desire to support urban farming and food education for young children.

Andy Vaughan

Andy Vaughan

Garden Educator

Andy Vaughan is a certified Master Gardeners, a graduate of the Edible Schoolyard Academy, and avid volunteer and teacher at local school gardens. As our Garden Educator his goals are to ensure that future generations are learning about organic, seasonal farming, healthy eating and environmental stewardship. Andy also has a local business, CaliFarmer specializing in maintaining your edible garden and landscape. He found a love of edible gardening while living on a castle estate in Ireland, where they grew over 20 types of greens for salad mixes, all sorts of vegetables, and specialized in cut flowers. Now located in the South Bay, he has catered to clients from Palos Verdes to Malibu. Some of his commercial work as includes maintaining a vegetable garden at Terranea Resort’s for one of their fine dining restaurants.

Terri Henry

Terri Henry

Board Member

Terri Henry has enjoyed 20+ years in the restaurant industry marketing arena including 12 years as Vice President of Marketing for Grill Concepts, a national restaurant company. Realizing life was too short to commute from Long Beach to Woodland Hills on a daily basis, she left the corporate world and founded terri henry marketing LLC in 2011 and Dine LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week in 2014. A Southern California native with a fine arts degree from CSUF, she uses her creativity combined with her love of food to create unique restaurant marketing initiatives. Terri has represented and/or worked with many of the chefs and restaurants that Farm Lot 59 supplies to, which is where her interest in urban farming began. She lives in the Alamitos Beach area of Long Beach with her artist husband Gregory Dane Sabin.

Dave Clark

Dave Clark

Board Member

Dave Clark is a retired public school educator with 32 years experience in project-based, hands-on learning within the areas of science and mathematics instruction. He and his wife are frequent diners at various Long Beach restaurants known for their emphasis on fresh locally grown ingredients and are friends with several respected chefs. Dave also has experience as a builder of whatever is needed; in 1978 he built his ‘office’ at UC Riverside and has had numerous shows featuring his art and furniture. While also being the publisher and editor of a web publication, he and his wife enjoy wine, beer, music, and good food, though not necessarily in that order.

Brekke Moore

Brekke Moore

Board Member

Brekke is the Director of Purchasing at GreenCoast Hydroponics. She has a Horticulture certificate from Long Beach City College. She works with different vendor to donate soil for local schools with help from GreenCoast. This is the first time she has been a board member for a non-profit organization, Although she was the Horticulture Club president for a year while attending Long Beach City College. She loves gardening with her kids and is very excited to be a part of the urban farming revolution.